A Roosters off-season

PATIENT Notes by Dr. (Anonymous)

A mirror to our own failings?

YET another round of pre-season trials passes and is blighted by another scandal involving young footballers running amok. Predictably this is followed by another outpouring of public outrage at the actions of these highly paid professionals crossing so-called moral boundaries.

Pontypridd and Abercynon to play host to Wales internationals

THE Valleys play host to two Wales under-16 Rugby League internationals over the Easter holidays. The action kicks off at Sardis Road, Pontypridd on Good Friday for the visit of England (kick-off 12pm) before moving up to Abercynon RFC on Thursday 31 March where France are the visitors (kick-off 5pm). Admission for each game is just ?3 for adults, free for children and senior citizens. Valley Cougars' Mark Rowley has been instrumental in setting up these fixtures and is pleased to see that out of the squad of 22, nine are local lads. Rowley comments: "It's a reward for all the hard work that's been put into local rugby league over the last few years. These lads were part of one of the best junior sides in Wales last year and it's great to see them being rewarded for their efforts." Wales warmed up for these matches with an excellent 60-28 win over the London and South under-16 side at Reading last Sunday. What makes this win even more impressive is that the match was played without conversions meaning that Wales ran in 15 tries to the host's seven. Wales coach Kevin Weaver was very impressed with the youngsters and is sure that this win will set them up nicely for the England match on Good Friday. "We will always be the underdogs against England," Weaver comments, "But this young Welsh side has plenty of talent and they've come on leaps and bounds since they started training just three weeks ago. If they carry on putting in performances like they did against London then the future of Rugby League in Wales is in very safe hands. Last week's win was a tremendous all-round team effort. it was very pleasing to watch as a coach and I'm confident that we'll do well." The England match will be the third fixture between the two countries at this level and England have won both the previous encounters. They were 40-0 winners in 2003 and emerged as 26-10 victors in 2004.

North Sydney continue their winning way

THE Mighty Bears produced a classic solid and workmanlike performance to beat a courageous Dragons outfit in a closely fought match at WIN Stadium on Saturday night, in front of a big crowd prior to the Storm V Dragons first grade match.

Souths Juniors Premier League and Flegg Teams announced for Round 3

Souths Juniors name teams to take on the Canberra Raiders

Souths Juniors Premier League and Flegg Match Reports Round 2

Souths Juniors Premier League Match Report

Scotland set for trials

SCOTLAND are recruiting players for the Scotland A team which will compete in the Parkhouse Recruitment Four Nations Championships this summer. With former Scotland captain Nathan Graham now coaching the side, Scotland are hoping to go even one better than last year when they finished runners-up to Wales.

Redcliffe vs Burleigh Preview

THE Clash of the two most successful Queensland clubs in the last decade.

Redcliffe Dolphins News

THE Dolphins Colts and Premier Grade sides responded well to the challenge after a horror start to the season against North?s in Rd 1 and the A Grade side powered home over last years Premiers when the Club completed a clean sweep of East?s at Dolphin Oval last Sunday.

ESL Preview - Round 7 -Bradford Bulls V Leeds Rhinos

LEEDS star Danny McGuire will not make his return from injury in Thursday?s engage Super League clash with rivals Bradford.

Broncos round up Horstmann from Quins

TONY Rea has announced a 20-man squad to play Hull FC on Good Friday and it includes Kai Horstmann from neighbouring club London Harlequins.

Leeds threaten Bradford?s record

LEEDS Rhinos have continued their unbeaten run in defeating Salford 30-12 on the weekend, and are fast becoming the dominant team of this decade. In a period where the standard of their opposition is rising, Leeds? record speaks for itself. Since the start of the 2003 season, that is, in the last 58 games, they have lost eight and drawn five. Indeed the last time a Leeds player has faced defeat was some nine months ago. Can you remember what you were doing nine months ago? Neither can I.

Wigan confident of breaking record

THE Wigan Club are confident of breaking the attendance record for a Good Friday game against St Helens last set on Good Friday 2001 at 21,073.The Club have already sold 19,500 tickets in advance of the game and are expecting in excess of 22,000 on the day.

Lee Hopkins signs with London Broncos

LEE Hopkins has signed a two-year contract extension with London Broncos ahead of the Good Friday home clash with Hull FC.

The Dragon Army visits Penrith

WHO would?ve thought that the fixture corresponding to last season?s 4th vs 5th semi final would be a match to decide who props up the NRL ladder only 6 months later?

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